Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Jonathan Maicello-Rustam Nugaev Tops ESPN FNF on 4/5

Lightweight contender Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) is out of his IBF lightweight final eliminator against Ammeth Diaz (31-11, 22 KOs). Quintero was forced to pull out of the April 5th bout -- which was scheduled to be the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights -- after breaking his nose in camp.  

The main event has been revamped and fans in attendance at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California will get an opportunity to see fast rising lightweight Jonathan Maicello (19-0, 11 KOs) as he squares off with Russian lightweight Rustam Nugaev (22-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10 round catch weight of 137lbs.

Maicello, from New Jersey by way of Peru, will now get the opportunity to move from the untelevised portion of the card to the headliner spot and he plans on taking full advantage. He's used to being in the spotlight as he was a celebrity guest in his native country on Puer's version of "Dancing With The Stars".

"I've always been the type of fighter that is willing to go above and beyond to fulfill my dreams. You have to always be ready because you never know when opportunity wlll come knocking. That is why you have to always keep your mind and body in the best condition because you always have to be ready for whatever life has planned. I won't let this shot go to waste and that is why I plan on putting on the kind of performance that will leave a lasting impression on the television audience," Maicello said.

Maicello is being matched against a rugged fighter in Nugaev, and although Nugaev hasn't been active in over a year, he is confident that he has the ability to capitalize off of the same opportunity being afforded to his opponent.

"I'm ready to comeback stronger and better than ever. I feel that my record and experience trumps my opponent's and I will use that to my advantage come fight night," Nugaev said.

While the main event has received a makeover, the card's co-feature remains as scheduled with Puerto Rican knockout artist Jorge Maysonet Jr. (11-0, 10KOs) taking on southpaw Gabriel Tolmajyan (13-2-1, 3KOs) in a lightweight contest scheduled for 10 rounds. Early evidence suggests that Maysonet Jr. is a genuine powerhouse and his supporters are enthusiastic about seeing him display his authentic punching prowess.  Gary Shaw is excited as anyone to see Maysonet Jr. in action as he is one of Puerto Rico's brightest rising starts.

"The injury Marvin sustained is unfortunate and I was really looking forward to his fight with Diaz, but Jonathan is a tremendous talent and he has the chance to move up the rankings. I truly believe that he isn't far from putting himself in a position to earn his own eliminators and with Jorge on the card fans will get the chance to better familiarize themselves with his talents. This card is all about the upcoming talent in the 135-140 divisions and fans should be excited about the rich matchups that can be made in the future, but it starts with the April 5th card," Shaw said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-29-2013

This might turn out to be a better main event than the original. Diaz is such a dirty fighter...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines AIBA President Set To Be Ousted as Internal Rift Continues Linares-Campbell Could Land on September 23 in LA, Says Hearn Broner: Don't Care About Mayweather-McGregor, No $$$ In It for Me Photos: Katie Taylor Showing Off Her Moves in New York City Photos: Jarrell Miller, Gerald Washington - Open Workouts Photos: Jermall Charlo, Jorge Sebastian Heiland Putting in Work Photos: Miguel Cotto Grinding Hard For Kamegai Showdown White Explains Why Mayweather-McGregor Will Be a Good Fight Photos: Zou Shiming, Sho Kimura - Face To Face at Final Presser Victor Ortiz: I Can Be One of The Best at 147, There For The Taking! Tyson Fury Announces His Retirement Again on Social Media? Mayweather-McGregor: Odds, Props Movements - 1 Month Out Anthony Fowler Gets Foe For Liverpool Return Rau'shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo: Olympians on the Outside Katie Taylor Aims To Be Impressive on Broner-Garcia Card UK News: Singh Back With Warren; Buatsi and Cordina Return Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck on September 9 in Berlin Team Donaire Praise Ringstar, Target Mares, Santa Cruz, Frampton Ellerbe: Broner Will Prove All the Naysayers Wrong Against Garcia Jermell Charlo: I'm Backing GGG, Canelo Avoided Me and Brother! Frampton Wants Title at 130-Pounds, Revenge on Santa Cruz Barclays Center Giving Away 2 Mayweather-McGregor Tix Saturday Lawrence Okolie Back in Action on September 1 at York Hall News: Carmona-Martinez, Claressa Shields, Sparrow-Laviolette Nate Diaz Being Courted To Walk Mayweather Out For McGregor Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia - But I Doubt He Returns To 135 Lomachenko Dares Rigondeaux To Do 'Winner Takes All' Bout Jarrell Miller Hungers To KO Washington Quicker Than Wilder Did Victor Ortiz Warns Conor McGregor About "Mayweather's Elbows" Verdejo Wants To Fight in September While Flanagan Recovers NSAC Exec: No Reason Not To Approve Mayweather-McGregor Lomachenko Smiles: I'd Like To Welcome Salido To My University Photos: Mauricio Herrera, Jesus Soto Karass - Open Workouts Mayweather-McGregor Tickets - Update For General Public Manager: 100-1 Odds That Crawford, Indongo Won't Fight Lipinets! Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko Grinding Hard For Marriaga Defense Photos: Victor Ortiz in Beast Mode For Ring Return Top Rank Exec: ESPN to Televise Beterbiev-Koelling Nonito Donaire Inks Promotional With Ringstar Sports Mayweather-McGregor Tickets: Latest Facts, Trends, Information
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement